Thieaudio Monarch Mark II
(Ordered; 2022.02.14. Received: 2022.03.15)
This is a very well balanced IEM.
I was initially worried that it might be a bit too bright, sharp & ‘shouty” but this wasn’t the case. Again, well balanced is the operative word.
I’m not an ‘Audiophile’, yet, i appreciate good, quality sound reproduction that is basically neutral with some emphasis to the lows & highs for an analytical listen but yet versatile for casual listening. I’ve come to realise that most headphones & IEMs don’t do so well in the mid-bass; muddying up the sound. Not so, with TA MkII.
Also, as a musician, when transcribing music, i need to hear as much clear detail, definition & separation as possible without the treble being sharp like knives; with the TA MkII, I now have a tool that can finally give me all of that.
Previous to this, all previous listening gear muddy up the mid-bass (among other things) too much, or are too light in the sound lacking detail & clarity (tuned for a ‘fun’ consumer friendly sound a.k.a. boosted lows & highs?)
Be aware that i”m not a Bass-Head or Treble-Freak, nor an In-your-Face-Vocals Fanatic. Again, neutral is the word, with a little bit of ‘fun’ mixed it. The primary purpose is to hear faithful reproduction of the music. If it sounds bad because of the miking, production issues, i wanna hear it. If the recording & production is good, i wanna enjoy it!
My musical wants & tastes are quite simple and Thieaudio Monarch Mark II is my end-game IEM.
[My Library consists of:
Jazz, the likes of:
Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Joey Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, (not strictly Jazz): Holly Cole, Derek Brown, Dave Koz.
The Filharmonic, Pentatonix
Dire Straits, Sting
Blackpink, Mamamoo, Akmu, LeeHi, Taeyeon, & individual members of the aforementioned groups’ solo work.
Headgear I own:
Sony XBA-H2 2014 (IEM: 1DD 1BA. Can definitely hear the BA timbre!), Bowers & Wilkins P7 wireless 2017 (over-ear headphone), Apple airpods 2 2019 (TWS), Apple airpods Pro 2019 (TWS), Bowers & Wilkins PX7 2020(wireless over-ear headphone)].